Swedish pop singer Ankie Bagger was born Ann-Christin Bagger on September 30, 1964. She went to the same school as sisters Lili & Susie who she became close friends with. They used to sing together and eventually started working as backup singers for Swedish bands such as Suzzies Orkester.
When Lili & Susie were signed by a record label as a duo, Ankie became their backup singer and dancer. But the label saw Ankie’s potential and she got to release her debut single “Vågar Du Älska?” in 1985. The song, a Swedish version of a Tina Turner track, went unnoticed.
But Ankie got another chance in 1988 when she released “People Say It’s In The Air”. The song, written by Tim Norell and Ola Håkansson, had previously been recorded by Swedish Eurovision winners Herreys. The new single became a hit in Sweden and Ankie was ready to tour the country.
But with just one hit in her repertoire, Ankie performed a couple of covers on the tour, together with the newly written tracks “Pinocchio”, “Paper Work” and “It’s You”. Only the latter track would eventually be released officially.
1989 was a succesful year for Ankie. First she released a dance cover of the classic Kiss track “I Was Made For Loving You”, one of the cover tracks she had performed live on her first tour. It was followed by the hit single “Where Were You Last Night” which even managed to enter the Dutch charts.
A couple of days later, Ankie’s debut album “Where Were You Last Night” was released and reached number thirteen on the Swedish album chart. Most of the songs had been written by the songwriting team Tim Norell, Ola Håkansson and Alexander Bard, sometimes called “the Swedish Stock Aitken Waterman”.
In 1990, Ankie released the final single from the debut album, a cover of Billy Ocean’s “Love Really Hurts Without You”, which reached number seven on the Swedish Tracks chart. She also recorded two exclusive tracks for the Christmas compilation “Julskivan”.
The following year, Ankie released the non-album track “Fire And Rain”, followed by the single “If You’re Alone Tonight”. 1992 saw the release of the dance-pop single “Every Day Every Hour” and the soundtrack for the Swedish movie “Ha Ett Underbart Liv” where Ankie’s new track “I’m Still In Love With You” was included.
Ankie’s second studio album “From The Heart” was finally released in 1993 and included the two previous singles, plus the brand new ones: “Bang Bang” and “Where Is Love?” This time around, besides continuing to work with Tim Norell, Ola Håkansson and Alexander Bard, she also collaborated with Tommy Ekman, member of Swedish pop group Style.
Two more singles were released from the album: “When I Call Your Name” and “The Way I Dream About You”. After that, Ankie took a long hiatus from the recording industry, focusing on her family and on other business ventures.
But in 2009, she finally returned with the comeback single “Du Köper Aldrig Mig”, also recorded in English as “You Can’t Buy My Love”. It was co-written by her friend Susie Päivärinta from Lili & Susie.
The single was followed by two duets with Swedish reality TV star Peter Gustafson: “Du Kan Inte Lura Mig” and “Secret Weapon”. The latter was the official anthem for Stockholm Pride 2010. In 2011, Ankie released the Christmas song “Because It’s Christmas”.
© Dennis Alexis Hellström